Your favorite Nintendo characters are back again for the Wii. Nintendo is ramping up its release schedule for this fall and into 2011 with several hit titles that will take creativity and fun to a whole new level. It’s a return to Nintendo’s roots, and it’s got everyone excited for the 2010 holiday season. Here are some of the soon-to-be classic Wii games Nintendo plans on releasing this fall.
Kirby Is Strung Out In An Epic Adventure
The last time Kirby graced a console was in 2003 with the Gamecube title Kirby’s Air Ride. These days, Kirby takes on a new form factor as a ball of yarn that whips open secret passageways and unravels his enemies. As you progress through levels that look a lot like the sweater your grandmother made you last christmas, you unlock new lovable abilities and forms.
Kirby’s Epic Yarn features the same gameplay from the classic Kirby we all know and love, except for one thing. Instead of using his signature vacuum cleaner lungs to swallow his enemies and steal their powers, Kirby uses a whip that transforms them into weapons. It’s different in concept and style, but fear not, it’s the same Kirby we’re used to.
The levels are the coolest thing about Kirby’s Epic Yarn. They’re made of fabric, complete with tags, zippers, and loose pieces of string. You use Kirby’s whip to latch onto buttons, fold the background in on itself, and open up hidden areas. The graphic designers went out of their way to create a completely new aesthetic that has never been seen in video game before.
You can expect Kirby’s Epic Yarn to appear in stores sometime in the fall of 2010. We think this will be an instant classic.
A Look Into Samus Aran’s Past in Metroid Other M
Did you ever wonder what happened just after Super Metroid but before Metroid Fusion? The new Metroid game, mysteriously titled “Other M,” opens up the classic Metroid story while diving into a whole new style of gameplay for the genre. Get ready for a totally unique Metroid experience for Nintendo Wii.
Nintendo hired the same team that brought you the new Ninja Gaiden series for Wii and XBox. If you haven’t played Ninja Gaiden for Wii yet, go out and get started. It’s an extremely difficult title, but it’s packed with so much action that you will keep coming back for more.
Other M incorporates many of the gameplay elements from Ninja Gaiden. It is a combination side scroller and first person shooter with classic Metroid-style puzzles and secret areas. Those who are familiar with the Metroid Prime series won’t be seeing the same first person shooter gameplay style. Other M is more like a hybrid of Metroid Prime and Super Metroid.
The Ninja Gaiden team is excited to create something that’s totally new for the Metroid series. If you are a fan of Samus, you are going to love this one. It’s coming just in time for the 2010 holiday season.
Just When You Thought We Weren’t Getting Old School Enough. Donkey Kong Country Returns! It is so Nintendo to bring back classic characters and game concepts when we least expect them. When was the last time you played Donkey Kong Country? If you’re like me, it was on your Super Nintendo.
Donkey Kong Country Returns is the first Donkey Kong title for a major Nintendo console since the N64. Unlike Donkey Kong 64, Donkey Kong Returns makes no attempts at being a 3D platformer. It is a side-scrolling 2D action game all around, just like we remember it from the good old days.
There are a few new features that make this game more modern. You will play it with the Wiimote and the nunchuck, using a combination of gestures and standard button presses to control Donkey Kong and the gang. Diddy Kong isn’t a separate character like he was in the classic series. He now rides on Donkey Kong’s back, and you use his special abilities (hint, a jetpack is one of them!) to get through the game’s challenges.
Both Donkey Kong Country Returns and Kirby’s Epic Yarn will include multiplayer cooperative modes that are very similar in style to New Super Mario Brothers. Your friends can jump in on the action whenever they want. Just like New Super Mario Brothers, this can either be a good or a bad thing. Good friends will help you complete challenges. Bad ones will just end up getting in the way.
Nintendo is clearly responding to our demand for more old school action. New Super Mario Bros, released last December, is still one of their top selling games for the Wii. It has outperformed several highly anticipated titles and is a testament to the importance of giving consumers exactly what they want.